This couple invented a clever piece of luggage so you’ll never have to check your bags again — here’s how it works

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Over the past two years, Johnathan Webster has taken nearly 60 flights and successfully avoided one bane of airline travel: checking his luggage.

Webster and his wife, Gizem Mut-Webster, have evaded checking luggage on flights since they backpacked through Europe in college. As students travelling on a restricted budget, they took issue with the stringent bag policies and punishing luggage fees enforced by many airlines.

They began to brainstorm a clever solution: What if they created a luggage brand that not only looked sleek but could defy those policies?

The result is Wool & Oak, a two-year-old company that creates stylish, modular luggage designed to get around airline bag policies. The brand’s most recent product, which debuted Tuesday, is a two-part duffel backpack that can neatly be disguised as a single carry-on item.

Here’s what it looks like and how it works.


Looks pretty much like a regular backpack, right?

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But once you’re on a flight, Wool & Oak’s bag handily unzips into two parts.

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Each bag has a set of zippers so the two can attach to each other. Here, Wool & Oak’s slim work backpack is paired with the larger day bag.

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Here, the backpack attaches to Wool & Oak’s duffel bag.

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In an interview with Business Insider, Webster said his intention in creating a luggage brand was to offer a set of bags to make travelling easier.

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One of the brand’s draws is that it allows travellers to bring multiple bags disguised as a single one aboard a flight, perhaps saving them from paying baggage fees.

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Webster says he’s used the bags to store as much as two weeks’ worth of luggage. He estimates he’s saved hundreds of dollars in luggage fees — many airlines charge about $US25 or more to check a bag.

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Source: FareCompare


Most airlines’ policies allow only one carry-on bag and one personal item. Wool & Oak’s bag is designed to let travellers carry just one piece of luggage onto the plane. “I haven’t been caught yet,” Webster said.

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Airlines often attempt to eke out extra money from customers through add-on charges. Packing luggage strategically — and making sure carry-on bags are within an airline’s weight and height restrictions — helps travellers avoid unnecessary fees.

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Source: New York Times